Maize in Ekiti is not as valuable as yam which gives them pounded yam or, better still, cash crops like cocoa or kolanut. But maize is an important crop in Ido-Ekiti. History has it that in the days of old, the people of Ido made a fortune from maize.
They produced the maize in large quantities and then made it into powder which they sold. From the proceeds, they bought horses which were like vehicles owned only by the rich at that time. Today, the people may no longer produce maize in large quantities and a fortune made therefrom. But maize remains an important crop in Ido Ekiti. That is why its wealth creating value is incorporated into the Ajodun Ido, tagged Oganganmodu 2012.
The weeklong programme starts today and ends on Saturday, November 24. The programme coincides with the second anniversary of the installation of the Olojudo of Ido-Ekiti, Oba (Capt) Ayorinde Ilori-Faboro. On day five of the programme, Friday, November 23, a public lecture entitled, ‘Ido-Ekiti yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’, holds at the Olojudo palace grounds.
Lecturer is Professor Kayode Familoni, a renown economist, international scholar and a native of Ido-Ekiti. A message to Ido sons by the chairman, public lecture sub-committee of the 2012 Ajodun Ido Planning Committee, Mr Kunle Abegunde, said the urge for a transformed Ido Ekiti which the sons and daughters can be proud of was the motivation for the lecture.
The grand finale of the Ajodun Ido holds on Saturday, November 24 with a development project, fund raising and family reunion. The chairman, Ido-Ekiti Summit Coordinating Committee, Engr. Tope Bejide, and the chairman, Ajodun Ido Committee, Chief Rufus Familoni, said the proposed palace for the Olojudo and a civic centre are part of the projects fund is being raised for. According to them, the town deserved an ultra-modern palace and a civic centre.
Meanwhile, the Olojudo, Oba Ilori Faboro, was hosted to a grand reception by Ido-Ekiti indegenes resident in Lagos recently. It was also an occasion to launch the N200 million Ido-Ekiti Development. Fund. The chief launcher, Hon (Mrs) Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, who is also the chairman, Committee on Finance, Lagos State House of Assembly, lauded Oba Ilori-Faboro for providing quality leadership for his people. Tejuosho acknowledged that only her mother hailed from Ido but said he would join hands with her folks to develop the town. To underscore the lawmaker’s assertion, several dignitaries from her constituency, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye, joined her to grace the occasion.